Campbellton--Miramichi Region (NB)
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Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018
- Northern Energy Solutions Ltd. revealed their plans for a proposed pellet plant in Miramichi. Once it gets approved for an industrial permit, the company would start construction. The facility would directly employ 60 staff and another 70 indirectly.
- Hemp cultivation is upsurging in New Brunswick. The plant may benefit from the upcoming legalization of its cousin¿cannabis¿and see an increase in its demand. Industrial Hemp Cooperation Ltd. is preparing to expand its production. (available in French only)
- The New Brunswick government contributed $10M to Build Ventures, a Halifax-based venture capital fund. It is designed to provide early-stage capital to New Brunswick companies involved in growth areas like IT, clean technology, and life sciences.
Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018
- It is possible to find employment in northeastern N.B. According to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour, there are over 400 positions to be filled in Caraquet, Tracadie, Shippagan and the surrounding areas.
- Tracadie carries on with the restructuring of its fire department and is launching a 5-month pilot project, hiring 5 full-time firefighters. Volunteer firefighters will continue to be compensated only for their hours worked.
Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018
Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018
- The drop in unemployment rate is complicating access to employment insurance in northeastern New Brunswick. Since July 8, it is now necessary to work 525 hours to qualify for 21 weeks of benefits.
- New Brunswick Anglophone school districts are struggling to find enough French immersion teachers, especially as new Grade 2 teachers start this fall. The requirement that teachers have a superior level of French proficiency when hired is not expected.
- Carleton County will have a new distillery when Moonshine Creek Distillery in Waterville, N.B. opens in late July. The distillery already has developed an apple crumble sipping cocktail, and an unaged whisky called White Pup. Besides selling spirits, the distillery will also sell merchandise and have distillery tours.
- The federal government will allow an additional 500 immigrants to settle in Atlantic Canada through a pilot program. The program allows employers to fill labour needs by offering jobs to newcomers or recently graduated international students.
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The New Brunswick government announced that it will invest $18.4M to expand experiential educational opportunities for students at New Brunswick universities. Students will develop marketable skills and be exposed to local career paths and opportunities.
Maritime Iron might build an iron production factory in Belledune. The project, worth $1B, could create 1000 jobs during construction and 200 permanent jobs thereafter. Opening is slotted for 2022.Christmas tree growers in the maritime provinces believe that this year's late frost will seriously impact their industry. Laurie Allain from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent expects that close to 95% of his production will not be able to be sold for Christmas.New Brunswick trucking companies state that there is a trucker shortage, especially for long-haul drivers. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to promote job opportunities and report that the average long-haul driver earns around $55K.The N.B. government says it will invest $1.5M over three years in experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students. The funding will allow students to access more hands-on learning opportunities in conventional academic settings.Read's Newsstand & Cafe in downtown Fredericton announced that it will shut down its business at the end of June due to personal health reasonsCo_Pain, a bakery that originally operated from the kitchen of a downtown Moncton daycare, has moved across the street to larger location and brought in more staff. Located on 98 Bonaccord Street, Co_Pain is now a full-fledged bakery and coffee shop.Pomodori Pizzeria opened a second location this month at 34 Canterbury Street in uptown Saint John. The original Pomodori opened in Rothesay in 2008. The new location has new staff and will be open seven days a week.
Caraquet's Manoir Marie, a level 1 and 2 care home, will close its doors after 11 years of service. The dozen laid-off employees should be able to relocate, given the labour shortage in the region's establishments.The airport on Village Blanchard's Acadian Peninsula will receive $1.8 M to modernize its facilities. These funds will be used for upgrades such as extending the landing strip and improving the lighting. Calls for tenders should be made within the next two months.
New Brunswick fiddlehead pickers state that public warnings about flood-contaminated fiddleheads is impacting demand for all NB fiddleheads. A Miramichi River fiddlehead picker stated that he typically employs 30 pickers, but only hired three this year.
Nine more fishing areas closed this week, following six closures last week, as more right whales arrived in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. N.B. crab fishermen and plant workers have been impacted by the closures and the smaller amounts of snow crab this year.Cannabis NB is now accepting job applications for 27 full-time positions in its Cannabis NB stores across New Brunswick, expected to open later this year. Positions posted on the government's website include team lead and customer service representative.
Skills Launch, an employment program that helps immigrant youth gain employability skills, is getting an additional $1.8M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The 52-week program is offered in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, NB.The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet has laid off about 40 employees this month due to poor crab catches so far this season. The plant, which manufactures, processes and markets seafood, employs around 600 people.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed six fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after endangered right whales were spotted in the area. Fishermen have to remove their gear from those areas, which account for about 25% of their total catch.
The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has launched a campaign to recruit more people into their industry. Drivers are in huge demand, but also needed are certified heavy duty mechanics, dispatchers, and jobs in logistics planning and analytics.Beresford's Discovery Drill received $400,000 in provincial and federal funding to develop a better drill for the oil and natural gas sector. The company hopes to double sales within five years, expand its facility and grow its staff from 25 to 50 people.
HGS Canada is planning to create up to 300 home-based jobs across northern New Brunswick with the help of $1.19M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB. The company provides support services for businesses across the province.Many gaspereau fishermen in New Brunswick report that they can't fish, or are only getting minor catches, due to the flooding along the St. John River. Lobster fishermen on P.E.I., who use gaspereau for bait, have had to look for other alternatives.Crab fishermen and processing plants are worried about a new no-fishing zone off northern New Brunswick, put in place to protect migrating whales. The area accounted for 20% of last year's catch, and crab landings are reported to be lower so far this year.The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association states that the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway from Moncton to Fredericton has increased fuel costs, added distance and impacted drivers' hours. Truck drivers are only permitted to drive 13 hours a day.
The City of Dieppe will be able to count on about $29M in funding from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments for its intergenerational community complex project. Work should begin this autumn and finish in 2020.
New Brunswick fishery is hit with whale-protection measures as an area of the Gulf is closed. A buffer zone will be shut down for a minimum of 15 days if a whale is seen.The government of New Brunswick will invest $53M in innovation. The money will roll out this fiscal year, while the Innovation Agenda will span 2018 ¿ 2023 and focus on six pillars including commercialization and starting and scaling enterprises.
New Brunswick announced plans to hire 25 new medical specialists within this fiscal year, at a cost of around $16M. The province currently has 26 specialist vacancies, with many of those being in Acadie-Bathurst and the Northwest region of the province.New Brunswick is facing a teacher shortage, with about 175 teachers in the anglophone school districts and another 50 to 60 in the francophone districts set to retire. The number of education student graduates is insufficient to fill all the vacancies.Brookfield Global Integrated Services will close its call centre in Campbellton on July 27, putting 85 employees out of work. Brookfield has operated a call centre in Campbellton for 11 years, but decided to downsize from three call centres down to two.Opportunities New Brunswick will administer a new $2M program called the Capital Investment Enhancement Policy, which will target provincial businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Eligible companies with export potential can apply for funding.
The Government of New Brunswick has announced a $23.1M investment in continuing expansion work on the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. This expansion will total 15,712 m² and be finished in 2024 at a cost of $217M.
Workers in processing plants on the Acadian Peninsula fear they will not accumulate enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance because of measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.The provincial government is providing financial support for the construction of a $25M Acadian Peninsula vegetable processing facility in Bois-Gagnon, NB. The facility will employ 95 positions and create 239 jobs in the construction phase.New Brunswick has approved the province-wide permanent use of Advanced Care Paramedics, which previously was only a pilot project offered in Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst. Paramedics can now use the advanced training on patients, like using adrenaline.
Oxford Frozen Foods plans to expand its Bois-Gagnon facilities on the Acadian Peninsula at a cost of $25M. The vegetable processing plant will open at the end of 2019 and create 95 full-time jobs.The Anglophone East School District in southeastern New Brunswick has a shortage of school psychologists. The district has funding for eight psychologists, but has six vacancies it can't fill.A new microbrewery and tap room is looking to open in late June 2018 in downtown Bathurst. 13 Barrels will operate out of a 5,100 ft2 space and plans to employ about five people. Bathurst is also home to Four Rivers Brewing Co. and AKA Beer.The Francophone South School District has launched a new recruitment campaign to attract French-speaking teachers to the area. The district is growing on average by about 300 to 400 students a year and is looking to staff 50 permanent contract positions.
New Brunswick's premier signed a bilateral agreement, which will result in $673M in federal funding being invested in the province's infrastructure over the next ten years. The investment is designed to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.According to the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, the province has been increasing funding into health research over the past 10 years. As more money is invested, it helps to attract highly educated researchers to the province and creates jobs.A new report entitled "The People Imperative" states that Atlantic Canada has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country. Nova Scotia's retention rate from 2011 to 2015 was 72%, Newfoundland was 56%, New Brunswick was 52%, and P.E.I. was 18%.
Landscape New Brunswick reports that the horticulture industry is experiencing a chronic shortage of workers, which has been an issue for about 15 years. Part of the challenge is that the work is outside, physically demanding and is not high paying.New Brunswick could reach $2B in annual seafood and fish product sales next year, as a result of diversifying its markets and doing more value-added work. Last year New Brunswick sold $1.7B in product, and producers are looking beyond the United States.Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) saw its overtime spending exceed $8M in 2017, with paramedics putting in more than 216,000 hours of extra time. Demand for services has increased and ANB recently hired 33 new paramedics to help alleviate staffing shortfalls.A 20,000 ft2 space in the Bathurst Supermall is being prepared for a new store tenant under the TJX banner. TJK operates stores such as Winners, Home Sense, and Marshalls. The mall was recently changed from an enclosed mall layout to that of a strip mall.According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, only 10% of Saint John employers are planning to hire in the April-to-June 2018 period, the lowest in Atlantic Canada. Moncton was at the top of the list with 30% of businesses planning to hire.
Vitalité Health Network in New Brunswick is preparing for a wave of retirements. Although no service had to close due to a staff shortage, the network must reorganize its services. However, it could see a nurse shortage in 10 to 15 years.BioNB's Annual Report states that 2017 was a strong year for New Brunswick's bioscience sector. The sector saw increases in the number of companies, jobs and private capital raised. There are now over 100 companies involved in bioscience in the province.The Horizon Health Network has launched a national recruitment drive to address the nursing shortage in New Brunswick. Horizon's goal is to recruit 320 nurses a year over the next five years. A lot of nurses are retiring due to their aging workforce.
The federal budget includes some announcements that should have a positive impact on New Brunswick, particularly on eliminating the ¿trou noir¿ (black hole). A total of $10M is available immediately for income and training assistance, $80M is expected for 2018/2019, and $150M for the following year.Excellence NB launched a new ¿Buy Local¿ campaign to promote New Brunswick products and services, including an online catalogue of businesses. Research found that up to 9,000 jobs could be created over five years if 5% of New Brunswickers bought local.
The price of 7¿8 oz. lobster tails has spiked by $6/lb to settle at $23.50/lb as a result of demand from China. From 2014 to 2017, the value of lobster shipped to China increased from $136,000 to $4.3M.CannabisNB says it will have more time to prepare its retail operations, as the legislation to legalize marijuana is delayed. Their stores are expected to open in the fall of 2018 and CannabisNB will employ around 198 people or about 10 workers per store.A new Study & Stay program will be implemented in Atlantic Canada in order to retain international students, based on the Nova Scotia pilot program. The program tries to match students with employers and helps with language and soft-skill enhancements.
New Brunswick needs 160 new nurses according to the École de sciences infirmières at the Université de Moncton. From 2011 to 2016, the number of registered nurses dropped from 9,067 to 8,625 and needs increased as the population aged.The New Brunswick government is funding another $4M for the SEED program, a student employment program, which increases the number of job placements to 2,000. Students apply online at NBseed.ca for the chance to secure a job with participating employers.
Two new 60-bed care homes will be built in Moncton and St. Stephen. Others will be built in Fredericton and Florenceville-Bristol in accordance with the government's plan to construct 10 care homes over the next five years.
According to BuildForce Canada's latest forecasts, the New Brunswick construction industry will lose 28% of its workforce over the next 10 years. However, no decrease in employment is expected before 2021 and 2022.Dr. Oetker will close its pizza production plant in Saint-André, New Brunswick, at the end of May. In total, 180 people will lose their jobs.The inaugural World Cannabis Conference will be held June 10 to 12 in Saint John and will feature more than 350 industry businesses, policy makers and academics hoping to bring more companies to the province and create more jobs.Education spending gets $72M in New Brunswick's budget. This amount includes funds to hire more teachers and $28 M over four years on wages increases for early childhood educators. Post-Secondary Education also increased 4.1 % to $644.7M.Ambulance NB has announced the hiring of 33 new paramedics who have been assigned to 20 different communities. Recruitment has been an ongoing challenge for Ambulance NB. Most of the new employees are from New Brunswick, and a third, from other provinces.Toronto-based Porter Airlines is recruiting seven full-time bilingual call centre agents in Bathurst. A seven-week training for the employees will begin in March, after which, they will eventually work from home.New Brunswick's premier has announced $20M to help spur the economy and make it more competitive. The money will be allocated to researchers, small businesses, the seafood industry, the forestry sector and tourism operators.
In some New Brunswick cities, it is difficult to find alternate bus drivers who speak French. The District scolaire francophone Sud confirms that this problem is a priority and that alternate drivers can find permanent work.On Monday, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it will dedicate $25M in the next budget to youth employment. This initiative also aims to counter the exodus of young people, which could create a worker shortage in the province.Construction will begin this spring on a $3.5M residential hospice in Miramichi. Hospice Miramichi will open the eight bed facility on Gordon Road for patients in the last three months of their lives and have space for family members to stay.Maple syrup producers in New Brunswick are hoping to gain access to 5,700 hectares of maple forest trees in the province. New Brunswick had 2.3M taps in 2016, the second most in the country behind only Quebec. If access is approved, the syrup producers could create more jobs by producing up to 2M more taps.The New Brunswick government is planning to spend $25M to help youth in the province join the workforce. Investments will be made towards experiential learning, student employment, and internship programs. The funds will also support student loan debt relief and assistance identify available jobs.
The Government of N.B. is providing free daycare services for low-income families by creating a wait list and by increasing educator wages. A $28M investment will be dedicated to wage increases.The New Brunswick Lumber Producers says it has paid $31M in anti-dumping and duties on softwood that was sold in the American market last year. There is concerned that the duties may eventually impact the province's mills and 20,000 workers.The N.B. Association of Nursing Homes states that the government's plan to open new nursing beds is difficult due to a lack of resident attendants, licensed practical nurses and RN positions across the province. The aging population is driving demand.The New Brunswick government announced that families with children under five in a designated child care centre will not pay more than 20% of their gross income on fees. Free child care will also be provided to families with gross income under $37,500.The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Nuuvera Corp. to supply cannabis products after July 2018. Nuuvera is the fourth cannabis company to sign such an agreement, along with Organigram, Canopy Growth Corp. and Zenabis.
On Monday, the 10-year agreement between Medavie and the Government of New Brunswick to privatize extramural management was made public. The company will receive an annual base amount of $2.6M, and the government will continue to offset program costs to the amount of $70M a year. Current extramural employees will remain in service to the province.The NB government announced that it will provide $41M in daycare funding, as well as create a province-wide registry and wait-list. The Province hopes to add 3,000 new daycare spaces by 2020, including 200 new infant and toddler spaces.Opportunities New Brunswick anticipates the cannabis sector could create up to 6,000 jobs in the province over the next five years
A former Top Chef Canada contestant has opened a new 34-seat restaurant in Bathurst called Fresco Kitchen, which serves modern Canadian cuisine. The chef also owns Jobie's Mobile Kitchen, a food truck that serves burgers and salads in the summer.As of January 1, Medavie Health Services will manage New Brunswick's Tele-Care and extramural services, along with ambulance services. It is hoped that Medavie can increase the number of home visits while reducing emergency room visits and wait times.
The firefighters union states that there is a shortage of firefighters in Miramichi. The city has 20 staff firefighters and 35 volunteers. The city is addressing the issue by creating a deputy chief position and will add two more firefighters this year.
The Restigouche CBDC recently obtained $3.1M from the federal government to develop a literacy training program. The program is intended for the Canadian manufacturing industry and will create or retain a dozen jobs in the region.Hinduja Global Solutions, which specializes in client service management, launched a recruitment drive in the northern part of the province last week. The company is looking to fill around 100 positions in Edmunston, Bathurst, and Miramichi.A Moncton daycare is worried that proposed changes to New Brunswick's Early Childhood Services Act will make it harder to get enough qualified staff. The changes would require more staff per child and more staff trained in early childhood education.The New Brunswick government announced that the first 11 Cannabis NB stores will open in Moncton, Dieppe, Fredericton, Oromocto, Saint John, Bathurst, Miramichi, Sussex and St. Stephen. The initial 11 stores will open in July of 2018.New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Aquaculture has acquired Houston-based Omega Protein Corp. in a $500M deal that will add 1,000 people to its workforce. The company stated that the deal would strengthen jobs in N.B.
According to Ambulance New Brunswick statistics, a lack of paramedics had ambulances in the province out of service 14,000 times over three years (2014-2017). Paid overtime has also gone up annually for the past six years in New Brunswick.The New Brunswick government will invest $28M over four years to increase wages for early childhood educators starting in 2019-20. Trained early childhood educators will see their wages go from $16 to $19 an hour, which is expected to reduce turnover.Sussex Craft Distillery has opened a new distillery in Sussex Corner and will unveil its first spirits this month.
Sussex-based Mrs. Dunster's is further expanding its operations and baking capacity, with the purchase of Moncton-based McBuns Bakery. Mrs. Dunster's also recently bought Kredl's Corner Market and will go from 140 employees to 240 in the next 90 days.NB Power and the provincial and federal governments will spend up to $234 million over the next five years on energy efficiency programs in the province. A spokesperson for NB Power states that the programs could create 400 jobs over 5 years.The New Brunswick government is supporting research and venture capital investments by investing $10 million over five years in the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF). The NBIF supports 20 to 25 companies per year with money and business support.
Unemployment increased in September in New Brunswick. The province has 32,300 EI claimants, which represents a 1.6% increase compared to August. In the Moncton region, the number of claimants dropped by 2.1%.To address the labour shortage, Pêcheries Belle Île, based in Lamèque, has installed a robot developed in the Acadian Peninsula. The average age of workers is close to 55, which forces processing companies to turn to robotics.Cube Automation, located in Tracadie, developed the Igloo robot, which is currently in operation at the Pêcheries Belle Île plant on Lamèque Island. Other plants could benefit from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which provides $400M over seven years for these types of initiatives.New Brunswick has hired 301 new physicians across the province since September 2014. Moncton has received the largest share with 93 physicians; 34 of which are general practitioners and 59 specialists.Of the 800 Sobeys employees across the country that will lose their jobs, 19 staff in New Brunswick will be affected. According to the director of external communications, only office employees will be impacted, not in-store workers.
The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Restigouche-based Zenabis, to be New Brunswick's third supplier of recreational marijuana. Organigram and Canopy Growth also have agreements in place to supply marijuana upon becoming legal.According to the Conference Board, New Brunswick will experience the weakest economic growth in Canada over the next two years with a 0.8% GDP increase in 2018 and a 1% gain in 2019. This trend can be explained in part by the aging population and will affect several aspects of the province's economy.
The Government of New Brunswick introduced a bill to lower the small business income tax rate to 2.5%. This rate has been reduced four times since 2014, when it reached 4.5%.The ACOA has tasked NouLAB (New Brunswick's Social and Public Innovation Lab) with finding and implementing solutions to keep immigrants in New Brunswick. The federal and provincial governments have invested over $410,000 in the project.A parliamentary committee report has 24 recommendations to improve immigration to Atlantic Canada. The report states that Atlantic Canada received 4.6% of Canada's newcomers in 2016, while Western Canada saw 40%.
Chase the Ace lotteries are multiplying in the Acadian Peninsula. The income generated by these lotteries helps pay for current expenditures and finance maintenance work for community and religious buildings in particular.Members of the Healthy Aging Provincial Roundtable met on Wednesday in Fredericton to discuss the implementation of the New Brunswick Aging Strategy. By 2038, seniors will make up 31.3% of the population.New Brunswick softwood producers will now pay a 20.83% duty on lumber entering the United States, with the exception of J.D. Irving, which will pay a 9.92% tariff. The other Atlantic province's lumber producers are not considered subsidized and will be exempt.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council released its 2018 job market outlook for New Brunswick, which predicts that the provincial economy will grow by 1% next year. The council doesn't anticipate much job growth, but expects a declining labour force will create job vacancies.
New Brunswick is lacking workers in nursing homes. A recruitment activity is organized at the Centre Communautaire d'Inkerman for November 16. In total, 200 students in the five NBCC are receiving training for this type of job.The New Brunswick Senior Citizens Federation's 50/50 draw tickets are now available in the Acadian Peninsula. This new lottery will fund the activities of the organization, which defends the interests of senior citizens.The Atlantic immigration pilot program has a new multi-year target to add 4,000 immigrants to the region by 2020, with a goal of helping fill existing and future skills gaps. Under the initiative, newcomers would be permitted to bring their families with the hope that they will settle in the region long-term.
A ferry to Kennebecasis Island will be built at the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet. The Ocean New Brunswick Inc. order will create 15 jobs. The delivery is scheduled for September 1, 2018.CUPE, New Brunswick's largest health-care union, has agreed to a new four-year deal with the provincial government. Union members include licensed practical nurses, paramedics and housekeeping staff.NB Liquor has issued a tender for potential locations to sell recreational cannabis, when it becomes legal in July 2018. There will be up to 20 stand-alone subsidiary stores, operating under tight regulations in 15 New Brunswick communities and online.New Brunswick's four universities experienced an enrolment decline of -0.8% this year, compared to 2016. Mount Allison saw the biggest drop at 3.2%. The Association of Atlantic Universities states that more domestic and international students are needed.According to Statistics Canada's census data, 9,330 immigrants came to New Brunswick between 2011 and 2016, and represent 5.6% of the population. The province saw only 10,205 immigrants in the previous 20 years. Most newcomers are settling in urban areas.
Edmundston, Saint John, and Perth-Andover are proposing the creation of two new community wind farms in the counties of Charlotte and Carleton. The project's value is approximately $120M, and each farm would generate electricity for 6,400 households.Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche is unveiling its ¿Hire For Talent¿ toolkit to encourage employers across the country to hire workers with a disability, who form a pool of 411,600 workers in CanadaAmbulance NB is looking for 100 more paramedics, but there are few candidates. The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton is offering a new paramedic services program that could help meet this shortage.
If Sears gets approved to close its remaining stores in Fredericton and Moncton it would impact roughly 200 workers in NB. Also at risk would be the 300 positions at the recently opened Sears call centres in Saint John and Edmundston.
In New Brunswick, the aging population is an economic issue. It presents challenges in transportation and housing and will have an impact on health care costs.The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a new study that shows that 1,735 physicians worked in New Brunswick in 2016, up 3.6%, compared to 2015. Over that same period, the number of specialists decreased by 1% in the province.New Brunswick's Armouries, as well as 100 more across the country were open to the public, in an effort to recruit more reserve members. In 2012, New Brunswick had 1,539 army reserve members. The current number of part-time reservists is at 1,321.Sears officially closed its Saint John store on October 1, 2017. The Saint John location had 71 staff when the store closure was announced and hired 24 workers to help liquidate stock. The Bathurst store has also closed as part of Sears' restructuring plan.The latest Report Card from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council states that Atlantic Canada needs to increase the number of exporters and expand into more markets. Both New Brunswick and Newfoundland had a drop in the number of exporters since 2010.New Brunswick employers are facing a 15% hike in workers' compensation rates in 2018, with employers to pay $1.70 for every $100 in payroll. According to WorkSafeNB, the rate increase is due to rising claim costs. Rates went up by 33% in the year before.
Despite filing for bankruptcy protection, the Toys 'R' Us stores in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John will remain open at least through holiday shopping season. A spokesperson for the company would not comment on possible store closures.The New Brunswick government has established a crown corporation to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis in the province. The Provincial Government has also signed memorandums of understanding with two licensed producers, Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp.The New Brunswick Medical Society states that the province needs to do more to recruit and retain physicians in the province. The aging population is driving demand and there are only two training centres, with no specialist training in the province.
According to the 2016 census data, New Brunswick has the lowest median household income in Canada at $59,347, compared to $70,336 nationally. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had the highest rate of children living in low-income households at 22.2%.A Quebec company that is using the government-owned shipyard in Bas-Caraquet says that they have over 50 people working at the New Brunswick Naval Centre and hope to have 77 employed there. Groupe Océan has an eight-year contract with the provincial government.
Brunswick News plans to hire six newspaper and package carriers and drivers. The organization recently instituted a policy requiring delivery workers to be at least 19 years old, resulting in the layoff of a number of young employees.New Brunswick has experienced 7% growth in the number of small acre farms over the past five years, according to Statistics Canada. While small acre farms are growing, 356 independently-owned large and medium size farms have closed in New Brunswick since 2011.
NB Power announced a project that is expected to come online in a year, which will see methane gas captured from the Chaleur landfill and converted into electricity. NB Power will buy about 6,000 MWh annually of the power generated over the next 20 years.The federal and New Brunswick governments signed an agreement that will see $71M invested in early learning and child-care services over the next three years. The money will help improve the level of accessibility, affordability, and quality of service.
Zenabis, a proposed medical marijuana facility in Atholville, N.B., received a production licence from Health Canada. The plant is nearly 1.3M sq.-ft. and once operational, is expected to employ over 200 people in northern New Brunswick.Schools in the Anglophone East School District are struggling to recruit for supply teachers, after hiring 31 teachers for the new school year. Most of those will teach Grade 1 French immersion, which is being offered again in New Brunswick.
According to a new report by Statistics Canada, about 40,000 jobs or 8% of total employment in New Brunswick are due to exporting business with the United States. Ninety percent of New Brunswick's exports go to the United States.
The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.
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- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
- Real estate and rental and leasing | (PDF)
- Professional, scientific and technical services | (PDF)
- Educational services | (PDF)
- Health care and social assistance | (PDF)
- Accommodation and food services | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation | (PDF)
- Public Administration | (PDF)
Client Segment Profiles
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group